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Player Profile: Nick Bonino

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Player Profile: Nick Bonino
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By AJ Manderichio
AnaheimDucks.com

With the 2013-14 season only a few months away, AnaheimDucks.com takes a look at some of the younger Ducks who will likely have expanded roles and responsibilities.

Today, we look at Nick Bonino.

Season Rewind
Despite an injury that sidelined him for 20 games, Bonino enjoyed one of his best seasons in the NHL. Appearing in his fourth NHL season, the Ducks center finished the regular season with 13 points, including five goals, which tied a career high. He also hit a career milestone, playing in his 100th career NHL game against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Feb. 18.

After recording an assist in the season opener, Bonino broke out with his first career hat trick against the rival Los Angeles Kings on Feb. 2 at Honda Center. He added an assist for good measure, recording a career high four-point night.

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Bonino, who began the season on the fourth line, established himself as a top-six forward as the season progressed, and Ducks head coach Bruce Boudreau often paired him with Teemu Selanne. The two developed chemistry and became a lethal one-two punch on Anaheim’s second line. He also saw time on the power play, becoming a regular on the team’s second unit.

Bonino’s impressive year reached new heights during his second career postseason. His three goals tied him for the team lead with Ryan Getzlaf, Emerson Etem and Kyle Palmieri. In fact, two of those goals served as game winners, including his dramatic Game 5 overtime goal at Honda Center.

Emerging Star
Bonino’s responsibilities only grew during the regular season. Boudreau used him in all situations, and the center saw his ice time increase by an average of three minutes during the 2012-13 campaign.

By The Numbers
55.1%, Bonino’s faceoff winning percentage during the postseason. He became one of Anaheim’s most reliable centers during the opening round, routinely taking draws at both ends of the ice, and in key moments.

Looking Forward
Bonino heads into training camp looking to cement his spot among Anaheim's top-six forwards. His point production should increase with an expanded role and an increase in ice time. If he can remain healthy for the upcoming season, look for Bonino to be one of Anaheim’s leading point producers.

Personal
Originally from Hartford, Connecticut, Bonino has spent his summer in the Northeast.  For in-season dining, he likes to grab a bite at Mastro’s Ocean Club in Newport Coast.

Nick is an active member of Twitter and you can follow his tweets here: @NickBonino

He Said It
“I get a lot of guys messing with me for this, but every goal I score I celebrate like I’ve never scored before. I honestly just get so happy, and I guess the playoffs sort of amps it up a bit. I didn’t really know where to go. I just kind of skated as fast as I could somewhere, and ended up near the glass. I like that corner, apparently. I’ve done that a couple times this year.” Bonino, on his power-play goal in Game 1 of the Western Conference Semifinals

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 ANA 66 42 17 7 196 179 91
2 NSH 65 41 17 7 193 158 89
3 STL 63 40 18 5 197 159 85
4 CHI 64 38 21 5 188 152 81
5 WPG 65 32 21 12 180 175 76
6 VAN 63 36 24 3 182 173 75
7 MIN 63 34 22 7 179 163 75
8 CGY 63 34 25 4 178 162 72
9 LAK 63 30 21 12 171 164 72
10 SJS 65 32 25 8 185 183 72
11 COL 64 28 25 11 170 183 67
12 DAL 64 28 26 10 199 212 66
13 ARI 64 20 37 7 139 218 47
14 EDM 64 18 36 10 145 213 46

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 63 20 41 13 61
C. Perry 51 27 18 15 45
R. Kesler 66 17 24 1 41
S. Vatanen 57 12 22 6 34
M. Beleskey 56 21 9 13 30
J. Silfverberg 65 10 20 11 30
H. Lindholm 63 6 23 20 29
P. Maroon 58 7 21 -4 28
C. Fowler 65 6 22 3 28
R. Rakell 55 6 19 5 25
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 30 8 5 .917 2.34
J. Gibson 9 5 0 .924 2.41

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